Energy Tomorrow Blog
Posted January 31, 2019
As millions of Americans tune in this Sunday to watch football’s Big Game, many (myself included) are mostly watching for what comes during breaks in the action – the notorious Super Bowl commercials. And if you’ve watched a Super Bowl at any point in the last 40 years then you probably know the beer brand Budweiser as a longtime fixture, with ads featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales running since at least 1975, and this year will be no different. Budweiser has previewed a 2019 Super Bowl ad that has just about everything: Clydesdales, April the Dalmatian, Bob Dylan…and wind turbines.
Posted August 23, 2018
Domestic natural gas abundance – safely developed with modern hydraulic fracturing and high-tech horizontal drilling – has benefitted consumers and the economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping make our air cleaner.
Sustaining and growing those benefits largely depends on market growth for natural gas – to add production that production must have new and/or growing markets to supply. Policy can affect the potential for that market growth. The U.S. Energy Department’s (DOE) continued push to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants is a prime example.
Posted August 10, 2018
A newly released report from the Natural Gas Council demonstrates the resiliency of our nation’s natural gas industry – even in the face of extreme weather events or direct threats to the system, whether physical or cyber.
Posted June 25, 2018
The notion that failing coal and nuclear plants need to be propped up by Washington continues to be advanced by some in the administration and, of course, members of the industries that would benefit from bailouts – usually by attacking natural gas and its infrastructure. In recent months we’ve rebutted their claims that the nation’s electricity grid is at risk and that natural gas has reliability issues as a fuel for power generation, especially during extremely cold weather. We’ve also pushed back on their assertion that there’s a heightened risk of cyber attack for natural gas infrastructure.
Next up: A flawed report about an impending wave of nuclear plant retirements, apparently to stoke anxiety and build support for the cause.
Posted June 12, 2018
Administration officials continue to push the idea of propping up failing coal and nuclear plants to ensure the health of the U.S. power system by asserting that the nation’s natural gas infrastructure is at heightened risk of cyber attack and other threats. There’s simply no substantiated evidence supporting their claim.
Here’s what you need to know about the security of our country’s natural gas infrastructure and industry’s efforts to guard against potential cyber threats.
Posted June 12, 2018
As the natural gas industry prepares for the upcoming World Gas Conference in Washington D.C. (June 25-29), let’s take a look at some of the issues bringing together many of the world’s most influential leaders, policymakers and experts from sectors ranging from finance, to trading, to law, to government.
The conference agenda reflects the key role natural gas plays in reliable power generation, a cleaner environment, affordable energy and the security of our nation and our allies, as well as the infrastructure working behind the scenes to make sure this energy is available when we need it most.
Posted April 3, 2018
Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy’s efforts to land a bailout from consumers have crossed over from the problematic to the absurd.
With the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in January rejecting a bid to alter the electricity marketplace in ways that would favor some generating facilities over others, FirstEnergy last week launched an end-run around FERC, asking U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to basically do what FERC wouldn’t do – bail out up to 85 generating units, all coal and nuclear – claiming there’s an emergency with the reliability of the electricity grid.To which the regional power grid operator, PJM Interconnection, quite accurately, responded: What emergency?
Posted February 13, 2018
There are important reasons natural gas is the United States’ primary fuel for electricity generation – and will be in the years to come, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA): 1) Natural gas is abundantly available – thanks to America’s energy renaissance; 2) Natural gas’ affordability has made it competitive in the marketplace; and 3) Among all the fuels used for power generation, natural gas is the definition of reliability – uniquely positioned as a fuel to furnish key attributes that ensure the health of the modern electricity grid.
Posted February 8, 2018
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity recently posted this blog attacking natural gas as a fuel for electricity generation during winter cold snaps. It’s a familiar refrain, which we’ve refuted a number of times (including here, here and here). The fact is our nation’s electric grid is as reliable as ever, which recent data indicates. False narratives about unfounded reliability concerns – as a tool for advocating one fuel type over another – hurt efforts to improve the grid’s reliability and resilience. As for the performance of natural gas as a generating fuel during extreme cold, let’s review the record.
Posted January 12, 2018
U.S. infrastructure promises to be a top priority for the Trump administration in 2018. In his State of American Energy keynote address, API President and CEO Jack Gerard highlighted how resistance to infrastructure development has left New Englanders with some of the highest electricity costs in the nation, particularly so through extreme winters.